US 2566650 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
1 3 1951 E. E. ANDERSON 2,566,650
BRUSH HOLDER Filed July 7. 1948 INVENTOR. fir/ a. )ffidenm Patented Sept. 4, 1951 UNITED STATES ENT OFFCE BRUSH- HOLDEE I Earl Anderson, Milwaukee, Wis.
Aliplififidfi Jilly 1948, Serial N0. 37,491
r 1 Claim.- 1
This invention relates to a brush holder and is particularly directed to a paint briish holder.
Objects ofthis invention are to provide a paint brush holder which utilizes a container for hold ing a solvent for paint'or varnish, or for holding any other suitable liquid-y and which has a unitary structure or assembly normally located within the container and including a support ing member located above the liquid and provided with removable resilient holding means for holding the handles of different sizes of brushes and so arranged that each brush can be individually adjusted vertically to allow the bristle portion thereof to project into the liquid the exact amount desired.
Further objects are to so construct the resilient holding means, hereinabove described, that each holding'means be-quickly detached from the supporting member with the brush and thereafter can be readily detached from the han dleof the brush, the construction being suchthat when it is desired to reposition a brush it is merely necessary toxslip" one of the resilient holders over the handle of the brush and insert the holder in the supporting means, the resilient na ture of the holder allowing the brushto be ad'- justed upwardly or downwardly as desired.
Further objects'for one form'of the invention, are to so construct the device that the unitary structure or assembly consists of a supporting member and a downwardly spacedv bottom plate arranged to be' lifted directly from the container with the accumulated sediment or solid material carried by the bottom plate, so that such' material can be readily scraped from the bottom plate and the unitary assembly repositioned in the container. In this way, the container is kept clean and free of sediment which drops from the brushes or otherwise accumulates on the bottom plate.
Further objects for another form of the invention are to provide a supporting member for detachably receiving the resilient holding means and arranged to be positioned within a container for the solvent and arranged towedge within the container against the inner walls thereof so that the holding member is positioned above the solvent and may be readily removed from the container when desired.
Embodiments of the invention are shown in the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a perspectiveview' of the device with a part of the bucket broken away and with the removable assembly in place.
Figure 2 is' an enlarged fragmentary sectional view through the upper portion ot the removable assembly. I
Figure 3 is a top plan view' 61 the removable assembly, such view being partly broken a wayt Figure i is a perspective view or one ofth'e re-" silient holding means.
Figure 5- is a perspective view oi the removable assembly. V
Figure 6 is a view showing a further form 013 the inventionsuch view being partly broken away and partly in section.
Referring to the drawings, it will be seen that the device comprises a container I which maybe inthe form ofa bucket, it desired, and which has an open top. This container is adapted to receive the removable assembly indicated gen:- erally by the referencecharacter 2 in Figures 1, 3, and 5u This removable assembly comprises an annular supporting means 3 which is provided with a downwardly extending flange 4 equipped with a plurality of regularly spaced apertures 5.v This supporting means is carried by apair of uprights 6 which are secured thereto and whichalso are secured to a bottom plate 1. The bot-" tom plate is sufiiciently smaller than the internal diameter or the bucket to allowthe removable assembly to be positioned inthebucket with the liquid in the bucket; without squirting the liq'uid out when the device lowered; so that the bottom plate rests on the bottom of the bucket or container. A plurality or resilient holding inem-' 'bers 8 are provided; These holdingmembers are supporting. member after they have been passed through the apertures 5 inthe, vertical= flange 4'. The resilient member gripsthe handle of the brush and together with the brush is positionedwithin the container t, and the fingers l2 of the resilient holding member are pressed towards each other andinserted in one of the holes 5 in the flange; 4- ofthe upper supporting member 3.
The fingers l2, afterthey have passed through the hole, expand asshow-n' in Figure 3- and bear against the-under side of; the top of the supporting member 3 and thus hold the resilient sup= porting member substantially horizontally with the brush, held substantially vertically. The container I isintended tobe partially filled with a solvent for paint or varnish or with any other suitable liquid. This liquid levelextends toa point materially below theupper supporting member 3, so that the bristles H or the brush may be adjustedto enter or project into the" liquid the desired a'mounii- It is obvious that the resilient, trictionargrip ofthe holding members ThSe.
tion irrespective of the shape or size of their 7 handles.
It is obvious that the resiliency of the holding members 8 allows them to adjust themselves and accommodate practically any size of handle that the brushes may have.
It is to be noted that the brushes are held substantially radiallyof the circular container or bucket l and consequently a very large number of brushes can be positioned at one time within the container. If an unusually large or wide brush is encountered,..it is obvious that the resilient holding member 8 for such brush can be set at an angle to a radius, that is to say, at an angle to the. position shown in Figure 3, to thus accommodate the wider brush.
After the device has been used for a considerable length of time, it will be found that there is an accumulation of sediment on the bottom plate 7. The removable assembly indicated generally by the reference character 2 is then lifted directly from the container and the sediment is scraped from the bottom plate 1, and theassembly 2 is again positioned within the container I. Thus the container is protected from an accumulation of sediment in the bottom thereof which would ultimately preclude further use of the container.
On the other hand, with a device constructed as hereinabove set forth, it is apparent that the bottom plate 7 of the removable assembly is directly below the brushes and catches all solid material that may drop from the brushes. It is thus an easy matter to keep the device clean and also it is clear that the device will have a long, useful life as provision has been made, as set forth hereinabove, of easily removing any accumulation of sediment.
It will be seen further that the device is very simple in construction and is easy to handle. It is to be noted that it is 'a simple matter to remove a brush with one of the holding means or members 8 attached thereto, by simply pulling the brush radially inwardly together with the holding member 8. Thereafter the brush is readily removed from the holding member 8.
It is equally easy to reposition a brush as all that is necessary is to slipthe handle of the brush between the fingers I2, see Figure 4, of one of the resilient holding members 8 and thereafter squeeze the fingers l2-towards each other and insert them through one of the holes 5 in the upper supporting member 3.
The invention may take 7 other forms, for instance, as shown in Figure 6. I In this form of the invention the container is indicated by the reference character I and the supporting member is indicated generally by the reference character 13. This supporting member is an inverted annular channel-shaped member and is provided with an annular inner wall 14 provided with a plurality of apertures 15 corresponding to the apertures 5 hereinbefore described and is provided with an outer, annular wall It which is preferably notched at intervals as indicated at H to provide a" certain amount of yield in the outer wall. The outer wall 16 is adapted to wedge or contact with the inner wall of the container l', the container it being noted being downwardly tapered. This construction 4 allows the supporting member l3 to be wedged securely within the container so that it will not become dislodged.
The resilient holding members 8,. see Figures 1 and 3, have not been illustrated in Figure 6, but they are arranged to be inserted in the apertures '15 after having been positioned around the handles of the brushes as previously described and to have their outer ends bear on the under side of the horizontal portion [8 of the supporting member I3,as previously described.
In this last form of the invention shown in Figure 6, the bottom plate and vertical upright shown in Figure 5 have been dispensed with and instead the holding member '13 is arranged to coact directly with the bucket or container.
The preferred shape of supporting member has been illustrated in the drawings, namely, one of annular .contour, but it is distinctly understood that other shapes could be employed if so desired, and also it is apparent that the container could be rectangular instead of circular if so desired.
It will be seen that a very simple and serviceable brush holding means has been provided by this invention which allows the ready individual adjustment of the brush vertically upwardly or downwardly to position the desired amount of the bristle portion of the brush in the liquid.
It will also be seen that the brushes may be most easily positioned and held in the device or may be just as freely removed therefrom. It is obvious also that, if desired, the container or bucket may be provided with a handle as indicated by the reference character [3 in Figure 1.
It is to be understood, that although the brushes are referred to as paint brushes, that the apparatus is suitable for brushes for any other use provided they are of the same general nature as paint brushes.
Although this invention has been discribed in considerable detail it is to be understood that such description is intended as illustrative rather than limiting, as the invention may be variously embodied and is to be interpreted as claimed.
A paint brush holder comprising an annular supporting member having an inner wall provided with a plurality of apertures and having an outer wall arranged to wedge against the inner surface of a container and joined to said inner wall by means of a horizontal portion, and a plurality of resilient holding means arranged to frictionally grip the handles of paint brushes and having projecting portions arranged to be freely insertable in and removable'from the apertures in said inner wall and arranged to bear against the under side of said horizontal portion.
EARL E. ANDERSON.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of'record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS I Date Drinkwater Apr. 7, 1942